Donald Trump Blues: My Response to the U.S. Presidential Election

It’s now been a week since I felt the San Andreas shake beneath my feet, throwing my heart to the ground and my hope into a hellish vision for the future. No, it wasn’t a real earthquake, because if it had been, I would have enjoyed it. As most everyone is aware, one week ago, … Continue reading Donald Trump Blues: My Response to the U.S. Presidential Election

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On the Decision to Ban Pit Bulls in Montreal, Canada

Here's the truth: There are SO MANY things going on in the world today that deserve discussion. My heart bleeds every morning and every evening when I see that innocent people are not only being killed, but being targeted as well. I die a little bit more inside when I hear people talking about the … Continue reading On the Decision to Ban Pit Bulls in Montreal, Canada

The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

While I have taken many, many trips since I first visited the Grand Canyon, it stands out clearly in my mind as if I had just returned last week. Whenever someone visits the United States, it is one of the first recommendations that I offer, aside from the imperative exploration of the San Francisco hills … Continue reading The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

Budget Travel: Using Groupon on the Road

As a budget traveler, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of life while saving money. While I adopted a frugal way of living many years ago- packing lunches to work, walking instead of taking a cab, hunting for sales, and cutting out unnecessary expenses- this doesn’t mean that I don’t like … Continue reading Budget Travel: Using Groupon on the Road

Is Portland, Oregon Really a Vegan Haven?

Driving down Stark Street earlier today, my stomach empty and my mind full of memories, I reached back into the part of my brain that holds the enchanted thoughts that led me to move to Portland. Oh, the vegan paradise! Oh, the unabashed weirdness! Oh, the affordable prices and the tax-free shopping! Oh, the public … Continue reading Is Portland, Oregon Really a Vegan Haven?

The Dangers of a Domestic Life

When I was young, I promised myself I wouldn't learn to cook because I didn't want to be a housewife. The majority of my existence, I suppose, has revolved around wanting to be free, wanting to avoid domesticity. I haven't wanted to be tied down by possessions, relationships, or negative thoughts that I couldn't do … Continue reading The Dangers of a Domestic Life

Five Places Where I’ve Left My Heart- and Must Return

The more I travel, the more I perceive the world as vast, complex, intriguing, yet somehow closely woven . Over the past 11 years- since I began traveling- I’ve been to 22 countries and easily more than 250 cities. Some of these places were memorable, some gave me horror stories to tell for a lifetime, and … Continue reading Five Places Where I’ve Left My Heart- and Must Return

33 Goals, Desires, and Aspirations for My 33rd Year

Do I over-analyze age? Is it, really, just a number? In my opinion, it is not. Through the decades of our lives, we go through a variety of different stages. If we are living as we should be, we experience many things that throw us up to the highest altitudes and the lowest depths (hopefully … Continue reading 33 Goals, Desires, and Aspirations for My 33rd Year